Medical Council of Canada

Self-Administered Examination

Self-Administered Examination

The Self-Administered Examination (SAE) is an online practice exam you can use to test your level of preparedness for an MCC examination.

There are two different versions of the SAE practice exam:

  • The Self-Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE-EE), which can help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). There are five unique versions of the SAE-EE.
  • The Self-Administered Qualifying Examination Part I (SAE-QEI), which can help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I. There are three unique versions of the SAE-QEI. The SAE-QEI contains multiple-choice questions only.

Content covered by the SAE

Several forms of both the SAE-EE and SAE-QEI are available, each consisting of 96 multiple-choice questions from six medical disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Population, Health and Ethics (for the SAE-EE only)
  • Population Health and the Ethical, Legal and Organizational aspects of medicine (for the SAE-QEI only)

While each form includes a different mix of questions, every one offers the same level of difficulty (i.e., SAE-EE 5 is not more difficult than SAE-EE 1).

Please note that the SAE-QEI does not contain a clinical decision-making component. This means it can be used to prepare only for the multiple-choice component of the MCCQE Part I.

As a practice exam, the SAE does not cover all of the material assessed by the MCCEE or MCCQE Part I. However, it does provide a good example of the type and style of questions that may be found in those examinations. This makes the SAE a valuable study tool when preparing for the MCCEE or MCCQE Part I.

For more information, please review the list of SAE frequently asked questions.

How to take the SAE

The SAE can be taken online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To take the SAE, one of the following browsers is recommended:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and newer versions
  • Recent versions of:
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari

Click here to register for the SAE.

Please note there is a fee to take the SAE. This payment must be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For more information, see the Examination and service fees page. It is important to keep track of which SAE forms you have already completed, as no refunds will be issued for selecting the wrong form.

Once you purchase the SAE, you will be allowed four hours across a seven-day period to complete the practice exam. We recommend completing it in a single two- to three-hour sitting, as this will replicate the conditions of the actual exam.

When you are finished, you will receive immediate feedback via email on the number of correctly answered questions along with a comparison of how well you did compared to other MCCEE and MCCQE Part I participants. You will not receive details about which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly.

If you require support for the SAE, please send an email to